Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that its M&P M2.0 Compact pistol has won the NRA Publications’ 2019 American Rifleman Handgun of the Year. The M&P M2.0 Compact pistol incorporates an aggressively-textured grip, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, a light, crisp M2.0 trigger, and a 15 round magazine capacity.
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has deployed 19 acoustic receivers in Delaware Bay to track migration patterns of Atlantic sturgeon.
While competing on the ACA Collegiate Bass Fishing circuit, the Bassmaster College Series, and the FLW College Fishing Series during the 2019 season, the Bethel University teams will be casting SLX baitcasting reels and rods, Shimano’s new ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ series introduced at the 2018 ICAST Show.

Carl Morris Jr. and Rob Parsons broke the King Kat record for biggest fish ever weighed at a King Kat event with a huge 114.96-pounder--and still came in second.
Bear & Son Cutlery introduces the 5149LD — a genuine India Stag Bone locking Cowhand with a stylish Damascus blade. Unique to the Cowhand is a thumbhole integrated into the blade, allowing for easy one-hand opening without the need for thumb studs.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators charged three individuals after a two-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Thimblerig,” breaking up a criminal conspiracy involving the exploitation of the spiny lobster commercial fishery.
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center personnel received two uncorrelated mayday calls, Sunday that are believed to be false maydays, one originating from Whidbey Island and the other from Everett Marina.

April 6 will mark the 16th Annual Prairie Chicken Day at the Kellerton Wildlife Management Area, in Ringgold County. Activities begin around 6 a.m., originating from the elevated viewing platform on 300th Avenue, southwest of Kellerton.

The United States Concealed Carry Association unveiled the agenda for its annual expo dedicated to responsibly-armed Americans which will be held this year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA on May 17th to May 19th. 

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., will be exhibiting at LAAD, the leading Latin American Defence and Security exhibition. Barrett will be showcasing our all-new contract-winning REC10 this year.
Beretta announced the debut of their new competition pistol, the Beretta 92X Performance. The North American debut of this high-performance pistol will occur in the Beretta booth (#6255) at the upcoming 2019 NRA Annual Meeting.

Imported exclusively by the Italian Firearms Group, the Defiant Limited Pro is a double/single action pistol, designed specifically to meet the requirements of the I.P.S.C Production Class. The Limited Pro can be had in Large and Small framed models.
Spring rainbow trout stocking is beginning this week at five south-central Nebraska locations, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Anglers who catch trout left over from a previous community trout stocking at Lake of the Hills during the relaxed fishing regulations are still required to have a valid trout fee to keep any trout.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is postponing trout stockings scheduled for Friday, March 22 at Wilson Lake in Fort Madison, and at the Discovery Park Pond in Muscatine, due to heavy ice cover preventing fisheries staff from stocking trout.

A healthy pond needs aquatic plants, but too many plants can limit the pond’s use and cause imbalances in the fish population. If you had problems using your pond last year, you could have similar problems this year.
- GEAR -
Warne introduces a new horizontal steel ring family to its world famous Maxima ring line. The Maxima Horizontal scope rings use proprietary sintered steel technology and are available in 1 inch and 30mm, in low, medium & high heights.
Mossy Oak Fishing is proud to partner with Evolution Outdoor Design to launch an all-new product line featuring Mossy Oak Elements Agua, the official pattern of B.AS.S. on premium fishing tackle bags and a backpack.
As a heads up to hunters who are making plans for southeast Wyoming’s 2019 fall hunting seasons, the U.S. Forest Service is giving early notification about upcoming temporary road closures in the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges, Medicine Bow National Forest.

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.
Dena Vick has been promoted to lead Traditions Media’s Fishing and Marine Marketing Strategy and Communications Team.
The Kemah Police Department has announced the approval and planned implementation of the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera from Viridian Weapon Technologies.
Applications are open now for two Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camps in Wyoming this year.

- JOBS -
FN America, LLC is seeking an experienced and creative marketeer to lead FN’s marketing team as Director for the company’s commercial, law enforcement and military business lines.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is seeking an Office Manager to oversee all office operations and provide administrative support to senior management in their Washington, DC office.
The Montana Senate voted unanimously to pass Knife Rights' Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 155. HB 155 was earlier passed by the House 99-1. It now goes to Governor Steve Bullock for his consideration.
Pachmayr introduces the GuardianGrip for Taurus 85/856.The GuardianGrip features a patented finger extension for a controllable three-finger grip.

TrueTimber has introduced a brand-new performance apparel line designed exclusively for anglers and outdoorsmen and women who spend time on the water.
Revel in some good old-fashioned family competition by watching Mark and Terry Drury compete to determine who is the king of spring turkey season in King of the Spring streaming now on MOTV.
The MONARCH 2000 Laser Rangefinder from Nikon has advanced technologies for an 8-2,000 yard measurement range. Ranges are displayed on a variable intensity, highly visible red OLED display with five selectable intensity levels.
Whitetails Unlimited recently revised their Deer Management booklet, and will distribute 43,000 of the booklets this year at WTU banquets and events.

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Stacy Groce of Richmond, Kentucky as the new Kentucky State Coordinator. Stacy will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Kentucky including tournaments, trainings and the division of the state into regions.
Scholastic 3-D Archery is proud to announce Steve Yee as the new Arizona S3DA State Coordinator.  Steve’s goals as the State Coordinator include building a coaching staff of S3DA certified instructors, adding more S3DA clubs and teams throughout the state and working with archery shops, ranges and sportsmen clubs to provide additional tournament venues.  
A new nonprofit grassroots fishing organization is launching this month. Its mission: enhance fishing in Minnesota by increasing state investment into fisheries and fishing-related programs.
Scholastic 3-D Archery is proud to announce Steve Yee as the new Arizona S3DA State Coordinator. Steve’s goals as the State Coordinator include building a coaching staff of S3DA certified instructors, adding more S3DA clubs and teams throughout the state and working with archery shops, ranges and sportsmen clubs to provide additional tournament venues.

This Week, Outdoors Radio features retired Wisconsin DNR wildlife biologist Mike Foy.
Fans of ammunition manufacturer ELEY can now get their hands on a range of branded clothing and merchandise at the touch of a button, and have it delivered direct to their door thanks to its brand new web store.
Lead your dog on an adventure with the Croakies Realtree EDGE Camo Dog Leash. This stylish Realtree camo dog leash shows off your and your dog's love of the hunt.
The SCTP would like to announce the continued support from RE Ranger. Randolph, the maker of the RE Ranger line of competitive shooting eyewear, will continue to support the SCTP at the Gold Level for the 2019 Shooting year.
The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) would like to thank Winchester Ammunition for another great year of sponsorship of the US Open, Grand American, & AIM Grand Championships.
Beretta Defense Technologies is pleased to announce its Platinum Level Sponsorship of the USASOC 10th Annual International Sniper Competition scheduled for this week at Fort Bragg, NC.
Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in deer and moose should plan on attending one of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife public hearings being held this spring.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to overrule the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries and prohibit gill nets upstream of the ferry lines in two river systems.
This week on Shooting USA, the Army hosts 3-Gun Competition at the Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge. And the shooters are facing some of the most difficult stages of fire of all 3-gun events.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and collaborators continue to investigate a die-off of freshwater turtles, and the FWC is asking the public to assist by providing information.

Editor’s Note: This review first appeared in our companion service, The Shooting Wire (

Taurus recently surprised everyone with their full-size, centerfire-looking-and-acting 22 auto pistol. It looks different from other Tauri as well as different from other rimfire autos. Typical modern 22 auto pistols are hammer-fired. Taurus rejected that for a range of reasons including the feel of the action. I don’t find myself in agreement with some of their reasons, but the product needs to stand alone in small arms development whether or not I particularly concur with “the need.”

Where their design parameters and my preferences align have a lot to do with that action type. Their consideration of the variables of design are absolutely dead-on. The question arises as to execution in factory production.

Our Publisher spent time with pre-production samples of the new gun before it was announced. After the announcement, he told me that Taurus really had something with the design of the TX22. If the preproduction units were anything like production guns, he predicted the gun would be successful.

My sample arrived just before a recent road trip during one of the wettest, coldest fall-winter seasons in recent memory. Getting to a range wouldn’t be a problem, but getting back out could be dicey.

Upon my return, it was time for one of our annual ‘retirees’ events, the range outing to be in compliance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act. I took the TX22, some Remington Golden Bullet ammo and a Safariland Custom Fit Model 568 paddle holster.

It’s easy for me to shoot a gun, write it up and have people say, “Well, he’s in the industry. He’ll say nice things . . .” implying that my evaluation isn’t fair. Having someone with no skin in the game shoot it and make comments may imply credibility to those who doubt. My objective was to have someone else shoot it. I wanted to shoot it, but business before pleasure.

If you’ve not read about the new gun, the TX22 is an aluminum-slide, polymer frame single action striker fired pistol. The slide is anodized, the barrel has a thread-protector at the muzzle and the gun ships with an adapter for muzzle devices. The polymer magazines have a 16-round capacity for free states; the gun ships with a pair of them, with replacements to be available for around $20 each. The gun is more-or-less full size for a ‘service pistol.’ The barrel is just over four inches long, the gun is 1 ¼” wide and weighs in at just over 17 ounces loaded. There’s a bilateral thumb safety lever and the frame’s dustcover has a short rail section for accessories.

The single action trigger is called the Taurus Pittman Trigger System. It’s characterized as being a “rifle-like” striker system, with the trigger “safety” being the entire polymer trigger shoe, not a blade in the face of the trigger nor a ‘hinged’ trigger. This should prevent “trigger bounce,” with a resulting discharge, if the gun is dropped.

No. I did not test that.

There’s also a striker block (firing pin safety plunger) to further increase the safety aspect. There is no magazine disconnector.

It appears Taurus designed this as a “trainer” for centerfire defense guns, for competition and for field use. The polymer sights are adjustable and feature the ‘standard’ 3-white dot arrangement. And disassembly is decidedly “centerfire-like” too.

Is it ready to go right out of the box? I suppose it is. This sample was fired absent any prep at all. A commenter mentioned how gritty the slide felt when racked. As it’s an aluminum slide against a polymer receiver, this was not surprising and of no concern.

I found that the Taurus fit the Safariland Custom Fit “just enough” without adjustment. After the appropriate warnings, I issued the gun to career reserve deputy Myron Stuckey with some ammo. He noted that loading the first few rounds was tough – he emphasized that. He also noted that the loading got really easy about four rounds into the magazine until reaching full capacity.

He rounded out the firing line during a firing of the qualification course after doing a magazine or so in “learning the gun.” He had me fire a mag from it – nice of him – and I noted that the sights hug the top of the slide, the “fit” was superb and the trigger was certainly the equal of most striker fired guns. Myron was a fan of the trigger – and it showed in his shooting.

I found that the Golden Bullet hit under the sights at 21 feet. Myron found that the rounds hit above the sights for him. Different strokes and all.

He carried on through a fifty-round qual. At 25 yards, he encountered a strange malfunction that stopped everything. At first a premature lock-back, then a feedway stoppage. I tried to clear the offending round – a failure to extract? – and couldn’t.

I realized what had happened. He induced the slide lock stoppage – pushing up on the slide stop? – and tried to reload over a loaded chamber. I simply dropped the slide, put a round on the target outside the silhouette (just to help his “score”) and reloaded the gun. He finished the last string of fire with no issues.

One hundred rounds in nearly nothing in the life of a 22, certainly not enough to talk about “life-saving reliability,” if that was even a thing. The stoppage, I believe, was shooter induced.

His big gorilla-hands could have induced the single problem, but he was effusive over the fit of the gun to the hand – as I was. Vastly different hand configurations with both finding the TX22 to be a good fit -- that’s an advancement in ergonomics.

I’ll be trying this gun with a range of ammo for reliability and accuracy. At present, it seems the TX22 brings something extra to the shooting consumer. We’ll find out and we’ll keep you posted.

- - Rich Grassi

Event Calendar

HSCF Y.O. Ranch Weekend

HSCF Night @ 11 Below Brewery!

APRIL 10-13
Pope and Young Club 31st Biennial Convention

La Vista Hotel and Conference Center - Omaha, Nebraska

2019 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament

Greater Houston Gun Club, 

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller Info:

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